6 Jun

Spud’s not to like? ‘Great Tattie Runs’ return to Perth & Edinburgh

runners with sacks of potatoes

Two family-friendly running events have redefined the whole notion of ‘carrying carbs’ through a race. 

In the Tattie Runs, organised by Edinburgh-based Great Scottish Events, men must carry a 20kg bag (just over three stones’ worth) of potatoes over a mile-long course, and women 10kg. There are also 4 x 400 metre relay options for teams of four.
 
All the events are light-hearted, even if the potatoes themselves are heavy. 
 
Winners will receive a special award and every tattie runner will receive a bespoke medal – and get to take their bag of potatoes home for tea to boot.
 
Now in its fourth year, the ‘Great Scottish Tattie Run’ will take place on Sunday, 30 June on the Silverknowes Promenade, Edinburgh, and is part of the Great Scottish Walk & Run Festival. 
 
Now sponsored by potato-processing company Branston, the Tattie Run, the ‘Children’s Tattie Run’ (under 18s) and the ‘Spud and Spoon’ races for children up to the age of 14, are all free to enter.
 
Anyone wanting to take part in the Festival but not with a bag of Russets on their back can opt for the 5k or 10k run, the Golden Mile walks, junior runs or the Great Scottish Toddle.
 
A fortnight after the ‘Great Scottish Tattie Run’ will see the return of the ‘Great Perthshire Tattie Run’ to the Fair City after a successful first event, which saw crowds gathering to cheer on the runners as they lapped City Hall.
 
The Perth event (Saturday, 10 August), which starts on the appropriately named King Edward Street and is also free of charge, offers the same mix of potato-based fun for adults and children alike. 
 
More details about both the Edinburgh and Perth tattie runs are available on from the Great Scottish Events website.
 
Image: Great Scottish Events